How to make it to 111 years old? Well, just avoid dying!

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The oldest man in England has revealed his secret of longevity – he says ‘just avoid dying!’

And he’s managed it for a phenomenal 111years …

Bob Weighton, born in Hull on 29 March 1908, was celebrating at his retirement flat in Alton, Hampshire, with a few friends.

He said: “You can only do it by avoiding dying – there’s no reason otherwise. I have had the usual scares, flu, influenza, malaria, two or three operations; I ought to be dead but I’m not.”

Bob also said that he doesn’t like to make too much of a fuss about anything, and that’s another clue to avoiding death.

He said: “I do not like attention. But I like meeting people who have been places and have some understanding of what it means to be human.”

Bob has  three children, 10 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.

He also spoke of the changes during his life: “In practical terms, one thing is the speed of travel. In 1933 I travelled to the Far East on a P&O boat to Hong Kong and it took six weeks, now you can fly there in about eight or nine hours.”

And he still has a mission in life and that is: “Promoting human interaction is the motive of my life.”

The wishes you all the best Bob!


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